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Welcome to Studies

Welcome to this newly re-launched website of Studies, now in its 104th year. Studies is a publication of the Irish Jesuits, which has appeared without a break since spring 1912, when Ireland and the world were very different places. Throughout the past hundred years we have sought to examine a wide range of Irish issues, social, political, cultural, and economic, in the light of Christian values, and to explore the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion. This continues to be our purpose in the twenty-first century.

A brief survey of topics taken up in recent issues may give a sense of the wide range of our interests and concerns: ‘What would happen if the EU broke up?’ (Spring 2013); ‘Asylum seekers in our Republic: why have we gone wrong?’ (Summer 2013); ‘The heart of a Jesuit Pope: Francis in dialogue’ (Autumn 2013); ‘Revisiting the Murphy Report’ (Winter 2013); ‘Changing Ireland’ (Spring 2014); ‘Imagined community: Irish identities’ (Summer 2014); ‘Religious freedom in the 21st century’ (Autumn 2014); ‘The Jesuits in Ireland before and after the Suppression’ (Winter 2014); Pope Francis and the Synod (Winter 2015)

The Summer issue was focused around'Freedom of Speech: How far can you go?' and was centered around the recent Paris terror attacks carried out by ISIS on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and the advent of the the slogan 'Je suis Charlie'.

This current issue questions whether Europe is in crisis regarding the influx of migrants and the fall out from Brexit. Eugene Quinn, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Ireland, describes the continent’s stumbling response to the refugee crisis as ‘inequitable and unsustainable’. The Jesuits in the Middle East, who have called their reflection ‘Searching for the Word’, stress that the crisis is ‘primarily a ‘crise de la Parole’. Muslim relationships in Europe is the territory are illuminatingly explored in Studies by Damian Howard SJPeter Sutherland, takes account of the wider context of ‘other potentially traumatic events’ in which Brexit has happened to name but a few contributors.

The original inspiration behind this issue of Studies was last August’s Parnell Summer School, held in Avondale, Co Wicklow, which was dedicated to a discussion of those events in Paris and the topic of freedom of speech to which they have inevitably given rise since. Four of the papers delivered then, in edited form, are published here. (A fifth, by Dr Sylvie Kleinman, already appeared in the spring issue of Studies). Studies is greatly indebted to Felix Larkin, director of the Summer School, who suggested the publication of these papers and for his generous assistance in making this possible.

On this website you will find further information about past issues and how to subscribe to the journal. There is also information for prospective contributors. Contact can be made with us through the website address. We warmly welcome your comments and your continuing interest in Studies



IN a recent Irish Times article (9 January), Professor Diarmaid Ferriter quoted extensively from Fr Francis Shaw’s article published in Studies in 1972: The Canon of Irish History: A Challenge. We reproduce the article here as a pdf which may be downloaded with our compliments. Please credit Studies Irish Review as the source if reproducing the article. We would also appreciate mention of our web address:

Read online: The Canon of Irish History: A Challenge by Francis Shaw

Editorial Autumn 2016


This issue of Studies is devoted to the theme of ‘Europe in Crisis’. Originally intended to focus largely on the problems and challenges created by the huge influx of refugees and migrants from the chaos of the Middle East and the all too inadequate response of the European Union to date, the scope of coverage was necessarily broadened by the unexpected and deeply damaging decision of the British electorate, through the ‘Brexit’ vote in their 23 June referendum, to leave the Union. A continent already struggling to maintain cohesion and commitment to its founding principles was thrown into further uncertainty and a degree of disarray by this unhappy development.

In his comprehensive overview of the refugee problem as this is affecting Europe as a whole, Eugene Quinn, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Ireland, describes the continent’s stumbling response as ‘inequitable and unsustainable’. Ireland’s contribution, moreover, with just 38 Syrian refugees resettled here by early July 2016,  has been deeply disappointing. Media spotlight often moves away, but the crisis continues unabated. The suffering of so many thousands, particularly children, who are being deprived of a real childhood and proper education while they search desperately for a new life in a country willing to receive them, pricks the conscience of us all. Few have done more to bring the world’s, and especially Europe’s, attention to the urgency of the situation than Pope Francis. In January, the Pope, who has spoken of the danger of the Mediterranean becoming a graveyard, insisted that ‘Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying’. ‘Each of us’, Eugene Quinn concludes his own powerful plea, which Studies is glad to amplify here, ‘is called to act’.

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